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A sweeping history of the city of Rome, seen through the eyes of its most significant sackings, from the Gauls to the Nazis and everything in between.

No city on earth has preserved its past as Rome has. Visitors can cross bridges that were crossed by Cicero and Julius Caesar, explore temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them sixteen centuries ago.

These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the many disasters that have struck the city. Rome has been afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, but most of all it has been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. From the Gauls to the Nazis, Matthew Kneale tells the stories behind the seven most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city – and not always for the worse. Using this entirely new approach to Rome's past he unveils how it became the city it is today.

A meticulously researched, magical blend of travelogue, social and cultural history, Rome: A History in Seven Sackings is a celebration of the fierce courage, panache and vitality of the Roman people. Most of all, it is a passionate love letter to this incomparable city.

'A masterpiece of pacing and suspense' Sunday Times

'Fascinating… A delight' The Times 'Book of the Week'

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9230 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (19 Oct. 2017)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072J92RM5
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Rome through the ages.

 on 15 January 2018
By Justin M. Nicholson
This is a highly informative and entertaining book. The title might suggest that it is a military history, but rather it presents portraits of the city of Rome at seven times in its lengthy history. The connecting theme is that at each of the seven times described, Rome was invaded or occupied by a foreign army, from the time of the Republic in the 3rd Century B.C. up to World War II. So, yes, there is a little bit of military activity, but mainly the book provides information about the city and its inhabitants; where they lived, how they lived, what they wore, what they ate, how they smelled!,and so on. Also evident is the author’s affection for Rome, warts and all. Of great interest is no matter how much of its history has been lost, so much still remains, as any visitor will confirm. I’m very glad I read this book.

Five Stars

 on 9 January 2018
By Mr. B. A. Carter
A very good and different perspective, thoroughly enjoyed

As a former resident of Rome, I found this …

 on 10 January 2018
By erik ianke
As a former resident of Rome, I found this book very interesting. I wish I had it when I lived there 14 years ago.

Four Stars

 on 13 January 2018
By Dr Carol Ann Hydes
An interesting way to present the history of a city, and very readable.

Five Stars

 on 31 December 2017
Excellent read.

Rome breathes

5 people found this helpful.
 on 15 December 2017
By Beau Fort
Now here is Rome’s history presented in a readable form, like a novel. Bravo Matthew Kneale: you obviously love Rome and you appreciate that the Seven Sackings made this extraordinary city what it is.


3 people found this helpful.
 on 17 December 2017
By Mrs Catherine J Freem
Very interesting indeed. Will be a gift

Rome: Eternal Survivor

17 people found this helpful.
 on 20 October 2017
By M. D. Ripley
A fluent and fascinating history of a truly amazing city – amazing that it survived sackings by Gauls, lice-ridden Visigoths and Ostrogoths, the French, Germans, Nazis, you name it. Uses classical sources, religious and political history and archaeology to pack 2,000 years of traumatic events into a single, highly readable, volume. The 5th century was a particularly turbulent period, so much so that the most famous sacking of all by the Vandals (hence “vandalism”) is described almost in passing, given the scale of other attacks on the Eternal City. Sumptuously illustrated and clearly a labour of love by the author (who lives there), this is essential background reading for anyone who has visited the wonderful chaos that is Rome,

Five Stars

 on 9 January 2018
By Amazon Customer
As described.

Both Peace and War Have Been Instrumental In Making Rome An Extraordinary City.

17 people found this helpful.
 on 19 October 2017
By Dr Barry Clayton
Rome is a very remarkable city. Full of history it has even retained the Gestapo HQ from the war years. Over many centuries it has suffered floods, earthquakes, fires, plagues and enemy attacks. A very great deal of its past is on show for visitors. As the author says there have been many Romes. In order to make sense of all the changes, Kneale has decided to use a structure that focuses on a number of key moments in Rome’s history. He has chosen seven in order to write about the seven ‘sackings’.
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